I'm an LA-based songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. I love helping to see a work to its full potential and be part of the collective creative process. My favorite way to work is collaborative and I believe that combining resources and skill sets can have a profound effect on taking a song or project to the next level.
I'm a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist born in Minneapolis, MN and currently based in Los Angeles, CA.
My goal is to offer songwriting, production, editing, mixing and/or remote recording at an affordable rate. I'm an empathetic collaborator whose ultimate goal is to elevate the vision of the artist. I strive to treat every sound with care as important pieces of a larger sonic picture.
Much of my career has been spent as a collaborator, lending guitars and keyboards to records or producing various projects for myself and others. I've worked with artists and groups such as Jessica Manning, Andy Cook, and Chastity Brown. I'm a member of indie-rock trio Ar.birn, an instrumental group called Kansas Plates, and I write/record my own solo music in the meantime. I've also shared the stage with notable artists such as Jacob Banks, The Weepies, Bad Bad Hats, and Blackalicious.
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Interview with Zach Brose
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My band Kansas Plates recorded a record last year that im excited to put out because we worked with a great producer named Brett Bullion and I love that music
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently producing a songwriters record, working on my own record, and writing music for NBC and TV
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Justin Lucas, Ben Noble, Hank Donato
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Best when used together
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That we will finish your song
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to work on music all day
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Usually depends on the project
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Its not always fun or important to my life
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you going for? Do you have any references? What do you think I can do for you?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be prepared to collaborate
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1974 thinline telecaster, nylon string guitar, OP-1, korg minilogue, tascam 8 track cassette machine
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I went to school at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN and have been surviving as a sideman, producer and artist since 2015.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Indie rock infused with elements of post rock and Americana influences.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with Blake mills just to see how he works and learn as much as I can.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One tip I think thats important is to try not to lose perspective. Take a break when you feel like the you're aimlessly throwing things at a song and you'll come back with a clearer ear and vision.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on singer/songwriters music, indie rock, and instrumental ambient/jazz type musics.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a well rounded instrumentalist who's capable of competently playing guitars, keyboards, and more. I also think im a fast learner who's able to adapt to many scenarios quickly.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to bring a light and present mindset to songwriting and recording. I try to follow what the song wants or needs versus what I want to be there. I like to try a lot of things to see what sticks and try not to focus on what happens after the song is finished too much.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Most of my processing is done in the box but I do like to record with a very organic approach, focusing on the sound going in as much as possible. I try to let the sound be informed by the song
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a small home studio setup with a couple guitars, synthesizers and keyboards. Most of my processing is done in the box,
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Wilco, Tortoise, Blake mills, Tchad Blake, ambient music, Shuggie Otis
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Songwriting or playing guitar, bass, keyboards or other instruments on a clients track